northern towns in winter / journey to Snowdonia


northern towns in winter
by Paul Robert Mullen

the fragments somehow disparate
eroticism                      the meaning of these relationships
             you and me                      these streets that
we walk down / they die upon

the moon stays longer                 until midday
kids crowd the pier despite two degree gales

i am thinking of you / i am with you
photographs                 the gentleness of strangers
               indigent devotion

peppermint ice-cream cone                 gripped by gloves
i stare up at the tower             burgundy antique
images and allures
              they crowd the penny arcade

small daily things                       nothing to anyone
             one day i’ll tell you the truth

journey to Snowdonia
by Paul Robert Mullen

there isn’t much traffic on the road
at 4:30 a.m.                   roads that usually carry
the mass of rush-hour 

we cruise past overnight lorries
on the carriageway                     soothing early morning
radio moulding us into heated seats
petite droplets of fine-rain painting the windscreen
             as you smile

is that really Ben E King?          we laugh
              grooving with the bass
upon ghost motorways                          light dribbling
through the greys and shadows of cities
               in the valleys

we pull in amongst station wagons parked up
on the gravel               curtains drawn
across cabins / across solitary lives
the crisp of frying bacon                      local voices
              i hold a steaming black coffee
in two chilled hands watching onions bubble  

you take me by the shoulder
                           i can drive from here
clouds forming over the mountains
the morning air          the pain of intimacy
the precision of your touch

              and i am no longer sure about much 

Paul Robert Mullen is a poet, musician and sociable loner from Liverpool, U.K. He has three published poetry collections: curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), and 35 (2018). He also enjoys paperbacks with broken spines, and all things minimalist.

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